Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Press Release

Rising Lion speaks about Change

                  Veteran touring singer/songwriter/producer
                   releases new album “Changes” on July 29.                 

Conscious Mind Records released Rising Lion's fourth album “Changes" on July 29, 2013. Danny Dread aka Rising Lion produced the album with executive producer Thomas Jenkins and it will feature a variety of styles and songs that he wrote over the past 4 years. It also includes a host of friends and musicians contributing to various productions.

"During the past few years I have seen and experienced a lot of changes in the lives of others as well as my own, and I was strongly compelled to write about these things. From the financial meltdown, mortgage collapse, unemployment, to the wars, the economy, politics, divorce etc. A lot of people have been through a lot of change.

So this record represents aspects of my daily life as well as those of others and is inspired by those experiences that I saw all of us going through. I believe that music helps in the healing and growth process as it opens hearts and minds to change and hopefully progress. And that is my message, that we can overcome adversity and persevere through new experiences, and still progress in a positive and successful manner.

The album was a great experience to make as it opened up many new creative ideas and avenues for me in songwriting and the recording process".

"Changes" is available on I-tunes and CD Baby, as well as a host of other outlets. Check it out Here

R L is a member of the ConsciousMind Records family and will be out on the road this fall and winter 2013 touring in support of this new release. He is an amazing artist / musician and a great talent, so stay posted to see when he will be in your neck of the woods

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Headed to the Conscious Mind Records Studio for the last "Changes" session to master the last two songs. Give thanks and Praise to The Most High JAH........  Roots, Rock, Reggae !

Conscious Mind Records reggae legend Rising Lion is releasing his latest album "Changes" with DJ Kareem of CMR June 15th 2013 at the Castle Knights Event center! Come witness the smooth melody that the Rising Lion and his band brings. Doors open at 8:00 pm and the entry fee is $10 with drink specials all night. This is going to be an amazing time filled with special guests and performances, see you there! This event is brought to you by Conscious Mind Records.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Irie Vibes Reggae Thursdays at The Haven

Irie Vibes Reggae Thursdays at The Haven. Live reggae music with Rising Lion and weekly special guests. Plus DJ spinning the latest hits in Roots Reggae and Dancehall. Weekly drink specials,. Come out and get your Reggae on very Thursday!  $5 ticket Doors @ 8:30 pm

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Reggae bash: Rising Lion to play at Mickey Finn’s

Reggae bash: Rising Lion to play at Mickey Finn’s Written by Mike Bauman | |

Danny Dred For veteran reggae artist Danny Dred, playing music is not just for his own personal well-being; it’s also to spread love and positivity to those he performs for. “There’s a division and all these things, but the way I really look at it is like this: There’s always going to be something in life,” said Dred, the singer/songwriter behind Florida-based Rising Lion. “There’s always going to be something negative. There’s always going to be something challenging. Thing is, it’s like John Kennedy said — what can we do to make a difference? “And I think that’s the way we should think because tomorrow’s going to come up with the sun shining and it’s going to be a new day.” Rising Lion has been spreading those positive vibes through its music since 1992. On Feb. 3, it’ll bring them to Toledo for an early Bob Marley birthday bash at Mickey Finn’s Pub with a new six-piece band that features a second guitar player and a female vocalist. Rising Lion’s fourth full-length album, “Changes,” is nearly complete and being released as singles. The first, “Feelin Irie,” debuted on May 18, 2010. The title of Rising Lion’s most recent effort came from the struggles Dred was dealing with in his marriage as well as the United States’ economic and social changes. “Things just change, you know?” Dred said. “And so I looked around, and I just saw a lot of other people going through changes, going through things. When I looked at it I was like, ‘This is the worst I’ve ever seen it in my lifetime,’ as far as the economy and all those things. People not [being] able to handle the pressure, and going through divorces and losing their homes and all of this. “And so I was just like, ‘This needs to be talked about.’” One constant Dred has always addressed through Rising Lion’s music is his own life experience, something he has passed on to his 16-year-old son, who is trying to find his own voice through music. Having never known his own father, Dred is happy to be able to guide his son in whatever he pursues. “All of his life I’ve been a touring musician,” Dred said. “And if you’re going to do it, I tell kids this — it’s not the easiest business in the world. That is for sure. But if you love it and you find it’s really what you love doing, then you’ve just got to get out there and you’ve got to do it.” Dred speaks from experience. He has bachelor’s degrees in sociology and Spanish and was a case manager at Columbia University before he started Rising Lion. While he appreciated what his college experience meant, ultimately music was his true passion and calling. With influences ranging from Peter Tosh to Jimi Hendrix to Bob Marley, it was difficult for Dred to ignore his gift. Over the years, Rising Lion has performed at “The Legends of Rasta Reggae Festival Tour,” “The Annual Bob Marley Reggae Festival” and “The New England Reggae Fest,” to name a few. In addition, Rising Lion also has songs on compilation records with the likes of Gregory Isaacs, George Clinton, Fats Waller and Dennis Brown, among others. “Just like anything else in life, the greatest happiness I think you’re going to find is to find something as a job that you love doing and then get good at it,” Dred said of being a musician. “And that way, it won’t seem like you work.” Some of Dred’s philosophy can be attributed to Marley’s vision. One quote that stuck with him over the years was when Marley said, “If my life is just for me, my own security, then me don’t want it. My life is for people; that is the way me is.” “If you’ve been blessed with certain skills and talents and abilities, then you should use them for the upliftment of mankind, for the upliftment of people [rather than] to just keep them for yourself,” Dred said. “It’s therapeutic for me in that way, but I definitely look at music as a vehicle for social change and spiritual growth and all these things.” Rising Lion will perform Feb. 3 at 9:30 p.m. at Mickey Finn’s Pub, 602 Lagrange St. For more information, call (419) 246-3466 or visit Tags: Mickey Finn's Pub, Red Lion, Reggae This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 at 5:35 pm and is filed under In Concert, Star, Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.